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Penang CM: Covid-19 spurs digitalisation

The current Covid-19 crisis has indirectly paved the way for people who are impacted by the pandemic to adopt digital technology.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that people are getting used to using digital technology.

He said that digital technology had helped the people to cope with the crisis during the tough period.

“I have stated several times that digitalisation provides an opportunity for us to work on things differently.

“In fact, the state has promoted digitalisation through the setting up of Digital Penang, an agency to assist the state in terms of technology.

“However, there is still room for improvement.

“We deeply appreciate Arup Jururunding Sdn Bhd’s invitation to us. We came to listen to their views and suggestions to make Penang a better place.

“We look forward to any collaboration on initiatives and projects,” he told Buletin Mutiara after attending a two-hour virtual discussion at the Arup’s office in Gurney Paragon Mall.

The session also featured a panel of experts from the region.

Arup Malaysia principal Tong Veng Wye lauded the fruitful meeting between the company and the state representatives.

“It was a great discussion on urban landscape development where we exchanged views and ideas,” he said.

Also present were:

  • Deputy Chief Minister II Prof Dr P. Ramasamy
  • State Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari
  • State Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin
  • State Women and Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness and Religions Other than Islam Committee chairman Chong Eng
  • State Domestic Trade, Consumer Affairs and Entrepreneurship Development Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain
  • Bukit Bendera MP Wong Hon Wai
  • Pulau Tikus assemblyman Chris Lee Chun Kit
  • Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang.

Story by Edmund Lee
Photos by Alvie Cheng
Video by Chan Kok Kuan

Originally published on Buletin Mutiara

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